Debra "Debbie" E. Scholes Catlett, 64, of Hannibal, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Debra "Debbie" E. Scholes Catlett, 64, of Hannibal, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. Father Mike Quinn will officiate.

Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Debbie's Life Celebration at a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Debbie was born July 8, 1954, in Peoria, Ill. to Gene Scholes Sr. and Margie Melvin Scholes.

She was married to Larry Catlett on Jan. 20, 1973 in Hannibal. He survives.

Other survivors include three children, Margee Tucker (Shawn) of Hannibal, Jenni Welch (Joey) of Hannibal and Sonny Catlett (Lesley) of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Gene Scholes Jr. (Kathy) and Gary Scholes (Peggy); and one sister, Joyce Scholes. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Madi Parker (Riley), Alex Welch, Payton Welch, Sophie Welch, Lily Welch, Lawson Catlett and Grayson Catlett. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents.

Professionally, Debbie was the Director of the Hannibal Nutrition Center for 28 years. Debbie was a strong advocate for seniors in our community and worked hard to help those in need. Prior to her leadership at the Hannibal Nutrition Center, Debbie worked in a variety of positions. She also currently still held her beautician’s license and real estate license.

Always putting her community first, Debbie worked tirelessly to better Hannibal and the surrounding area. A past president of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce in 2013, Debbie was awarded the Chamber's prestigious Pacesetter Award in 2016. Debbie was very proud in 1996 to be selected as a community leader to carry the Olympic Torch through Hannibal on its way across the country. Debbie loved Hannibal and it's people and that shined through in everything she did — every hug, every contagious smile, every event catered and board meeting attended and each meal served at the Nutrition Center. Hannibal is a better place thanks to Debbie.

Debbie loved fiercely and passionately. She was dedicated to her family, faith and friends. Time with family was always cherished. Thanksgiving and Christmas were special as Debbie hosted family dinners and loved to spoil her family with gifts at Christmas. Easters are still memorable as the entire family celebrates together trout fishing at Montauk and with a family egg hunt. Trips to the beach were Debbie’s favorite. She simply loved to share the sand, sunshine and waves with her family. Mushroom hunting with her husband, Larry, turtles, flamingos and reading were also a few of Debbie’s favorites. Family, however was Debbie’s world, whether attending her grandchildren’s activities or working with her daughters, Debbie simply loved to share time with her family.

Debbie was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal.

Please help carry on Debbie's legacy by making all Memorial Contributions to the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

Pallbearers will be Frank Janes, Ronnie Colbert, Ron Verdier, Roy Hark, Joe Noonan, Jason Gregory, Jim Hark and Larry Welch.

Honorary pallbearers will be Madi Parker, Riley Parker, Alex Welch, Payton Welch, Sophie Welch, Lily Welch, Lawson Catlett, Grayson Catlett, Gabe Falconer and Brady Nierman.

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